Being able to enjoy local entertainment is a two-way street, says Genesis Theatre's Steve Campbell.
If people want to see great live performances in our community, they need to come out and support the theatre, he explains.
"There's an amazing amount of local talent out there, but musicians and performers can't survive without the support of the public."
Campbell, a retired school principal who also performs with a band, is the local theatre's manager. The Ladner resident will get
up at the start of each show to thank people for coming as well as let them know about the theatre's e-mail list - a good way to stay up to date with happenings at the venue.
For more on upcoming shows or to sign up for the theatre's e-mail list visit www.genesistheatre. ca.
Q: When did you start at Genesis and how have you enjoyed your time here so far?
I started at Genesis in the 2008 and I just really love it. It's a fantastic place to work. It's a great little theatre and we've got a fantastic technical staff that have worked here part time for years and years.
Q: What have been some of your favourite shows so far?
I have to say Jim Byrnes last fall was one of our biggest successes. We planned that together with a dinner before and my band actually played afterwards. It was a great evening - not completely sold out but almost sold out and it made a few dollars for the theatre. Jim appeared with Steve Dawson, who is just a fabulous guitarist in his own right, so it made it an amazing show.
Q: The live@5005 series kicked off earlier this year. How do you feel it's gone so far?
It's been really successful. We would love to get more people out. Sometimes the numbers that show up are a bit disappointing. But the quality of the music that we've been able to get in has been fantastic. Every single time we have one, people are leaving the theatre saying the same thing, 'That was amazing. We're so glad we came. It's too bad the theatre wasn't full.'
Q: That series puts a focus on B.C. acts. Why do you feel that's important?
Our mission of the theatre is to promote the performing arts in our community. We do that in a threefold way. One is we support performing artists by providing a place for them. Secondly we want to provide quality entertainment for our patrons and build a wider patron list. Thirdly we want to really build a community between performers and our patrons that grows over time.
Q: How is the lineup for live@5005 looking for 2013? It's coming up really great. I'm not doing one in December because we've got a couple of other Christmas things happening. But lining up for January, I'm actually choosing from among about 30 really excellent applicants who all have professional level quality CDs and that kind of thing out. We're going to end the season with the same group that started the season, Raising Change. They just blew everybody away in September. We're going to finish off the season in June with a full two-hour performance from them.
Q: What kind of holiday entertainment can people look forward to at Genesis?
We have Legends of Rock as a Christmas show. That's featuring Buddy Holly, Elvis, Roy Orbison and Fats Domino [impersonators] all doing Christmas stuff. That's on Dec. 8. On Dec. 15 we have Tony Barton appearing ... he's doing an all-Christmas show called Jingle. He's got a 16-piece orchestra drawing on local musicians. DSS will be having a Christmas show the week of the 10th. The Delta Youth Orchestra will be playing an afternoon concert on Sunday, Dec. 9.
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